Flaws in Adobe Reader revealed

By Justin Mann on September 15, 2006, 9:05 PM
Not even PDFs are safe when it comes to securing a machine, it seems. A British security researcher has revealed information about certain flaws he discovered in Adobe Reader and PDFs, several of which could lead to system compromise and affect even the latest patched version of the program. One of the exploits can force the computer in question into opening any webpage, perhaps one that further exploits an unpatched flaw in a browser. Of course, the majority of these revolve around the user trusting a document they receive or at least trusting an online PDF to be safe. If you're using an alternative reader, you may not be as vulnerable, though the article did not mention anything of this. Interesting read.

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Michel Merlin said:
In [url]http://www.techspot.com/news/22892-flaws-in-adobe-reade
-revealed.html[/url] "Flaws in Adobe Reader revealed" of Fri 15 Dec 2006 you "report" about "certain flaws he discovered in Adobe Reader and PDFs". What is the value of this "report" if it even fails to tell the version(s) of AR involved? Particularly given that the day before (Thu 14) you published another article, [url]http://www.techspot.com/news/23871-adobe-reader-8-featu
es-gpu-acceleration.html[/url] "Adobe Reader 8 features GPU acceleration"?Paris, Sat 16 Dec 2006 16:04:40 +0100
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